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For 50 years, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are the point of first contact for community individuals in crisis requiring emotional first aid. Our organization is the oldest front-line volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention service agency in Canada.

We offer an around-the-clock response to those experience emotional distress or are in need of crisis intervention and/or suicide prevention, intervention or postvention. We also provide face-to-face support and counselling to those who have lost a loved on to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.

Distress Centres continues to expand, and our program participants & call volume increases each year. Distress Centres now answers more than 82,000+ calls annually, and is a pilot site for the upcoming National Suicide Hotline launching in Fall 2017.

 
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Until December 31st, 2017 - Your online donations on our website will be matched.

$25 becomes $50, $50 becomes $100, $250 becomes $500!
That's DOUBLE the life-sustaining support at no additional cost to you.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING on our website TODAY!

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408-HELP Line

Our 408-HELP line has 550+ highly trained Distress Centres’ volunteers that provide telephone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with the support of professional staff. 

Many of our callers are individuals experiencing emotional distress, marginalization, social isolation and those who may require crisis intervention and suicide/family violence intervention services. 

If you are in crisis or need emotional support - Please call our 408-HELP line now at 416-408-4357.

If this is an emergency - Please call 911.

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ONTX - ONLINE CHAT & TEXT 

The ONTX service allows you to take your time to process what you want to say, and communicate with privacy in a way that is comfortable for you or where others cannot overhear you. 

Live Chat and Text is a safe, confidential, one-on-one conversation with a highly-trained empathetic responder.

If you're not comfortable using the phone or would prefer to communicate with someone online or by text please access of ONTX service.   

Our responders are available to chat and text regarding all issues related to distress, crisis, and suicidal thoughts, prevention, and intervention.  We are here to help! 

 
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SURVIVOR OF SUICIDE LOSS

There is no universal or appropriate way to cope with a loss by suicide/homicide. However, sharing feelings and thoughts, facts and fears, helps to provide a sense of reason and normalcy in a situation without any rules.

As a result of the unique nature of suicide and homicide bereavement, and the shared value of connection and peer support, our program offers both individualized and group meetings.

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SURVIVOR OF HOMICIDE LOSS

There is no universal or appropriate way to cope with a loss by suicide/homicide. However, sharing feelings and thoughts, facts and fears, helps to provide a sense of reason and normalcy in a situation without any rules.

As a result of the unique nature of suicide and homicide bereavement, and the shared value of connection and peer support, our program offers both individualized and group meetings.

 

CALLER REASSURANCE

Participants in the Caller Reassurance Program for Seniors receive regularly scheduled and personalized call-outs from our trained crisis responders.

Each regular call is tailored to meet the participant’s needs, we also provided a case-management approach and included discussions that ranged from medical appointment/medication reminders to developing a long-term coping plan.

 
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VOLUNTEER

Fundraising is an exciting way to use your skills, talents, and expertise. It can get you out of your comfort zone and connect you to those around you while raising money for those who are
navigating their most vulnerable moments with Distress Centres. 

We're happy to help you develop your fundraising event or activity by providing a fundraising toolkit and resources. 

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Fundraise

Ever wanted to give back to your community in a meaningful and enriching way? Now is your chance! Volunteers are a vital part of Distress Centres.

Every year, volunteers contribute more than 100,000 hours to our 24-hour distress and crisis lines as well as our survivor of loss support programs. Their contributions provide immediate access to help and support. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available!

 
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Until December 31st, 2017

Your online donations on our website will be matched. $25 becomes $50, $50 becomes $100, $250 becomes $500! That's DOUBLE the life-sustaining support at no additional cost to you.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING on our website TODAY!

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 ‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to show loved ones you care than giving a gift with everlasting impact. Every gift in our shop provides life-sustaining support to community individuals who are at risk and in distress. By giving gifts of impact  this holiday season, you have the power to save a life!

 
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